No better start to your day than with a comforting breakfast that’s made for you. These are my favorite places in Amsterdam to enjoy a delicious start of the day.
Gartine may be my number one on this breakfast list. I’ve been going to this tiny charming place for years. Enthusiastic couple Kirsten (who’s also a contributor to the Dutch delicious. magazine) and Willem-Jan use ingredients from their own vegetable garden in elegant dishes. I usually go for their French toast (made from Dutch sugar bread), but I can definitely recommended the pancakes and raisin bread too. Website
Helena Primakoff is located in the Eastern part of the city and is frequented by locals from that area. No wonder, with those comfy piles of magazines, always-attentive waiters and the coffee with Helena’s famous coconut cookies. Their French toast is amazing: thick slices of sweet brioche bread with crispy cinnamon sugar. Website
Staring at Jacob
The guys behind Staring at Jacob know what a brunch is. From Thursday to Monday they serve the ultimate fluffy pancakes (maybe the best in the city), fish tortillas with avocado and quinoa salads with chickpeas and tofu (called the ‘Tree Hugger’). Brunch is available until five, which means it’s also perfect for those mornings after the night before. Website
Bakery Gebr. Niemeijer may be located in a slightly ‘rustic’ part of Amsterdam, it’s definitely worth a place in this list. Because these two brothers really can bake comme les Français. So start your day with their perfect croissants or crusty baguette and a big cup of café au lait. After such a petit dejeuner you’re definitely ready to start the day. Website
De Bakkerswinkel is a well-known small restaurant chain and their breakfast remains really good. The location at the Westergasfabriek is my favorite, although the one in the Warmoesstraat (surrounded by sex- and coffeeshops) is pretty fun too. The rye raisin bread is delicious, especially with butter, homemade lemon curd and a fruit shake. Make sure to save some room for their outstanding scones. Website
(Picture scone: Jan Bartelsman)
Another pleasant chain is Pain Quotidien. The waiting staff is often distracted, but the breakfasts are consistently good. Try the famous yogurt parfait with granola for instance, or perfectly soft-boiled eggs with hearty sourdough bread. The table with newspapers, jars of jams and chocolate spreads and light classical music in the background make sure your day starts nice and easy. Website
…breakfasts that I haven’t tested yet, but heard some promising stories about. In weekends, ‘G&T’s Really Nice Place’ serves eggs benedict or ‘the hungry drunk’ with no less than four Bloody Mary’s (“cannot be shared by 2 drunks”). At the fashionable Cotton Cake, you can buy yourself a new dress while enjoying your almond milk porridge or walnut banana bread. For a Scandinavian breakfast, like Danish rye bread with espresso butter or eggs (“let Rickard tell you how you want your eggs”), Scandinavian Embassy is the perfect place. And for those who prefer an Australian start of the day, there is the Kiwi Brekkie from Bakers & Roasters.